Kontron, Voiceage Demonstrate Real-Time Audio and Video Transcoding

2/20/2006 - Kontron, a market leader in embedded computer technology, and VoiceAge Networks, a recognized global leader in mobile multimedia content adaptation, revealed at 3GSM their demonstration of the market’s first ever open modular, carrier-grade real-time audio and video content adaptation solution for the mobile market.

The joint demonstration displayed the seamless real-time transcoding of audio and video streams to different mobile devices, performed by VoiceAge Networks real-time multimedia content adaptation platform, SPOTxde® Live, pre-integrated onto a Kontron open modular system. This collaborative endeavor is expected to accelerate the commercial development of a total carrier-grade solution geared towards network equipment manufacturers (NEM), mobile network operators (MNO) and content service providers (CSP).

SPOTxde Live addresses the barriers to the seamless real-time delivery of mobile rich-media data services, and ensures interoperability between the source of the live feed and receiving devices (mobile phones, PDAs, and IP terminals), and across networks that adhere to different standards. It also enables numerous simultaneous sessions running in parallel, unprecedented rapid session setup, minimal latency, real-time throughput, and error resilience while maintaining the fidelity and integrity of the original media. This ensures that each subscriber's experience is notably enhanced for applications such as video mail, video chat, videoconferencing, video telephony, and mobile TV—on any device!

"The timing to develop this solution with Kontron is exceptional," says Jean Mayrand, CEO of VoiceAge Networks. "Network equipment manufacturers and service provider customers seek to keep up with demand for seamless real-time adaptation of quality multimedia, and for that they need the best-of-breed carrier-grade, real-time transcoding platform designed on an open hardware platform. This will offer them greater flexibility to ramp-up next generation services faster and realize additional revenues."

"The technological venture between Kontron and VoiceAge Networks is yet another major milestone for the acceptance of AdvancedTCA as an open hardware standard for IMS-based network elements," says Robert Courteau, Kontron General Manager, Canada. "This positions Kontron at the leading-edge of network communications solutions that will enable service providers to quickly deliver exciting new subscriber services. We surely look forward to further development and collaboration with VoiceAge Networks in the coming months."

Global growth for mobile video
Multimedia mobile messaging along with streaming video is expected to undergo tremendous worldwide growth. The mobile market research firm Ovum predicts that mobile video will show significant growth in 2007 and 2008; by then, one in four users will be sending video messages.

Other research firms studying the mobile market, such as Strategy Analytics, estimate that by 2008 over 150 million wireless users worldwide will be accessing video clips including sports, movies, and adult entertainment, generating revenues of just under $4.7 billion. Other figures worth noting include:

Transcoding live streaming audio and video – a carrier-grade solution
The Kontron – VoiceAge Networks solution will be shown at the Intel Communications Alliance (ICA) section of the Intel booth at 3GSM, booth C49 in Hall 1. Kontron is a Premier Member of the ICA program and possesses years of experience in designing Intel-based advanced computing solutions.

The joint demo illustrates how SPOTxde Live provides real-time, high-density transcoding capabilities for an ever expanding set of audio and video codecs, formats and protocols, including H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, AMR, G.711, and AAC, to name a few. The flexible and extensible architecture of SPOTxde Live facilitates its integration and allows future support of new emerging standards and proprietary formats. SPOTxde Live is powered by an Open Modular Communications System using Kontron AdvancedTCA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) building blocks that provide real-time transcoding capabilities. SPOTxde Live can also be used as the real-time transcoding component for a Multimedia Resource Function Processor (MRFP) for an IMS network infrastructure.

For Service Providers, there are numerous advantages to deploy services on standards-based communications solutions using Kontron AdvancedTCA building blocks. Such benefits include improved flexibility and scalability of networks to "swap in – swap out" new and exciting services with no network down time and without the huge expense of forklift upgrades. Likewise, network operators can dramatically reduce operating costs (OPEX) and shrink "real estate" requirements, making it considerably easier to maintain and coordinate inventories for greater economies of scale.

The combined efforts of both firms have produced a best-of-breed integrated hardware/software solution that is highly scalable, delivers unmatched performance, and supports the broadest spectrum of audio and video codecs.

Download the Kontron-VoiceAge Networks Live Streaming Transcoding brochure.

About VoiceAge Networks
VoiceAge Networks is a leading solution provider in the emerging multimedia content adaptation market, a technology that addresses the impediments to the seamless delivery of mobile rich-media data services. Thanks to global alliances and customers on virtually every continent, VoiceAge Networks has been able to establish its technology as a key enabler of mobile value-added services. Its carrier-grade product SPOTxde® Live, part of the SPOTxde Media Platform, effectively eliminates content interoperability errors at the device and network layer while allowing virtually all devices (including legacy models) to participate in revenue generating value-added services. Offering carrier grade high availability, linear scalability, and exceptional performance, SPOTxde Live can be implemented as a Single Point of Transcoding in the network and be used for all of the content adaptation needs of Mobile Network Operators and Content Service Providers. VoiceAge Networks participates and supports such standards bodies as 3GPP, 3GPP2, and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), and chairs the OMA sub-committee for the Standard Transcoding Interface (STI).

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, public safety, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel® Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.

About the Intel Communications Alliance
The Intel® Communications Alliance is a community of communications and embedded developers and solutions providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based solutions based on Intel technologies.

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